[Poll] What file format for homebrew do you use?

Discussion in '3DS - Homebrew Development and Emulators' started by TheCruel, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Only 3dsx

    4 vote(s)
  2. Only CIA

    15 vote(s)
  3. Both, but prefer CIA

    54 vote(s)
  4. Both, but prefer 3dsx

    6 vote(s)
  1. TheCruel

    TheCruel Developer

    Dec 6, 2013
    United States
    I'd like to know which format is most important to homebrew users.
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  2. ihaveamac

    ihaveamac GBAtemp Guru

    Apr 20, 2015
    United States
    Tigard, OR
    CIA is much, much more convenient when using custom firmware. having icons for what I want on the Home Menu is nicer, and also it exits cleaner (in my opinion, don't know if I'm making sense here...). I do use both though.
  3. Just Passing By

    Just Passing By GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jan 3, 2016
    United States
    I'm the same. I use both, but I do like cia for some things. I kinda filter it in my mind what I want as a cia and as a .3dsx, but for me, generally, all tools (D9, Ftp, etc) are gonna be homebrew applications while game related stuff (Pchex++, JK's SaveManager) are cias. That's just me though and it's kinda weird.
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  4. KaduPSE

    KaduPSE Revolution and cake

    Dec 26, 2015
    I don't see any good reason to use .3dsx at our current state. I mean, every single 3DS in existence right now can be downgraded to 9.2 and run CFW, why whould you boot an unstable menu everytime you want to run a homebrew? The only reason I see is exactly to setup other, better, homebrew.
  5. ihaveamac

    ihaveamac GBAtemp Guru

    Apr 20, 2015
    United States
    Tigard, OR
    for smaller single-purpose homebrews I use 3dsx-form programs. for instance I use a small lpp-3ds-based program that downloads from a little web server on my laptop to update certain homebrews like Decrypt9/EmuNAND9/GodMode9. I also keep around both 3dsx and cia versions of a piece of home-brew just to have access in both "modes", usually when using something that only exists as 3dsx.
  6. hobbledehoy899

    hobbledehoy899 GBAtemp Addict

    Nov 13, 2015
    From how I see/use things the .3dsx format is only useful/practical as a means to an end, not for daily usage.
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  7. Technicmaster0

    Technicmaster0 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Oct 22, 2011
    Gambia, The
    i prefer developing in .3dsx.
  8. ihaveamac

    ihaveamac GBAtemp Guru

    Apr 20, 2015
    United States
    Tigard, OR
    I think .3dsx is the perfect format for developing with, because you can easily send it to the console and run it. 3dslink is really good. for CIA, it's not that easy since you need to import it first before running, but I think is worth trying to build for a release.
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  9. pdapanda

    pdapanda GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 19, 2014
    However 3dsx is not perfect format to use, when a big enough homebrew developed, it need to run under a large app to hijack,
    then it become very limited.
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  10. MrHuu

    MrHuu GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 19, 2015
    Using the nintendo way of organizing apps, things get quite messy with a lot of homebrew / official software. Therefore i really like the homebrew menu to organize homebrew and keep it seperate from the main menu.
    Also keeping .3dsx homebrew up to date seems to be less of a hassle compared to .cia, since no installation is required.

    However, i'm not a developer, and i'm not quite sure what limitations .3dsx have.

    I use .cia as a shortcut for my 'favorites', other than that i prefer .3dsx.
  11. SLiV3R

    SLiV3R 3DS Friend Code: 0473-9069-2206

    Jan 9, 2006
    I prefer cia!
  12. Bubsy Bobcat

    Bubsy Bobcat sipp

    Jul 8, 2015
    Since most of us use cfw nowadays, I prefer cia over 3dsx. But it's still nice to have both!
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